President Barack Obama is considering a move to bring William Daley on board as chief of staff. Daley is an executive with JP Morgan Chase, and also is the former US Commerce Secretary under President Clinton. Daley is also the son of late Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
This would be another very smart move, especially given the fact that Obama will soon have to deal with a Republican controlled house. According to the CNN political ticker, Daley is just what Obama needs given the political environment:
A Democratic source compared Daley to James Baker and said “he’d be the perfect ‘campaign’ chief of staff” because he’s a shrewd player and can run the White House while keeping an eye on the president’s 2012 prospects. Some of Daley’s other assets include his good relationships with the GOP as well as the business community
Another reason this would be a good move is that it would help to combat the impression that the Obama administration is “anti-business”. Many corporate executives and business leaders have been at odds with some of the administrations policies, which may also be a reason some of them are sitting on massive profits and not hiring. A Daley appointment would be a good sign to the business community that the administration is ready to repair the relationship they have with many in the business community, and do all they can to put americans back to work. This move would actually continue some of the moves Obama has made of late in regards to business, as Pat Dollard notes:
Still, Obama is generating more optimism among corporate executives after a series of actions and overtures, including a deal to extend tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, efforts to boost exports such as a U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement, and a loosening of controls on some technology sales.
Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse has let it be known that he would rather not stay on in this position until the end of the first term, so finding a permanent replacement is essential. We will see what happens.
Former President Bill Clinton made it back to his old stomping grounds on Friday. He held a joint press conference with President Barack Obama to voice his support for the recent tax cut deal that the President brokered with Republicans.
This was a very smart move by the White House, because this provides them another very credible surrogate to continue to trumpet the argument that this tax cut deal is the best that we could get, and actually a good compromise given the political circumstances. It may not do as much to mute the anger that many on the far left have over Obama’s compromise, but it should remind them that if the last successful TWO TERM Democratic president endorses this, then they would be wise to accept it and move on.
Below is the press conference for you to view in its entirety. It seemed as if Bill Clinton had not lost a step, and he was very comfortable addressing the media with ease.